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Lismore council to consider tiny houses

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A Lismore councillor believes tiny houses could be the answer to the city’s homeless situation. (file pic)

A Lismore City councillor believes ‘tiny houses’ could be a way to deal with the city’s homeless population.

Cr Adam Guise has lodged a notice of motion for next week’s meeting calling on the council to seek expressions of interest from ‘tiny’ housing providers.

Cr Guise said having a safe and healthy home was a human right.

‘Lismore has a significant homeless population and affordable housing shortage,’ he said.

‘Tiny houses are increasingly popular, lower cost than traditional houses, and suit older, single demographics whose needs aren’t being met by current housing stock.

Cr Guise pointed out that council staff were currently working on a process that would see public expressions of interest sought for projects/partnerships to allocate $3.3 million in council funds unspent from the Building Better Regional Cities fund.

‘Seeking partnerships with tiny house providers offers an innovative solution to addressing housing affordability and helps meet the needs of those currently excluded from the housing market,’ he said.


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  1. For $3.3 million the council could build an eco-village of permanent housing using pre-fabricated buildings. They could get virtually as many buildings for the same cost, that would be suitable for permanent “age-in-place” housing.

    Tiny houses are NOT suitable for older people or for permanent housing. They are crisis housing only, so wouldn’t it be better to increase the stock of permanent housing for the same price, and prevent the decline into rough sleeping before it happens! Tiny houses are short term thinking and solve nothing.

  2. What a great idea, that would help the homeless and people who cannot get into affordable housing, l hope this goes ahead and happens.

  3. How ironic. While people are shifted out of caravan parks so more short term cabins can be installed, these glorified caravans, smaller than many van/annex combinations, are being championed. Councils need to provide areas for people to park or rent vans and those people need to be given reasonable tenure over their site. Permanent can parks have a poor reputation but the managers and people living in them look after each other and ensure they offer is a reasonably quiet and safe environment. They might not look as cute but the standard van and annex can be a better alternative for those who struggle in the rental market.

  4. Support christine Kent with development ideas.
    A community is what is needed with health support networks transport etc.
    Please contact her for further advice.
    The affordable housing problem needs good planning n people are working n happy to contribute shared ideas.

  5. Tiny Homes are a great alternative for some people to giant mortgages or high rent. The problem remains where to park them legally. Tiny Homes are defined as a “caravan” under the Lismore LEP and there fore can only be legally parked permanently in a caravan park or on land owned by the occupant. Currently the State Environmental Planning Policy for manufactured homes and caravan parks requires a minimum size of 1 hectare making it almost impossible to put tiny homes in locations close to town centres. If there were provisions to create “micro parks” of say 4 – 6 tiny homes this form of housing may become a viable option for many people.

    • They are defined as caravans because that is what they are. By all means change the regulations to make smaller ‘ van parks, and call them something else to make it more palatable to the neighbours. But don’t define out traditional caravans – (but don’t too go out of your way to refer to them either). They are much cheaper to buy and a lot of low income working people value having something they actually own . It would be hard to get acceptance but I would like to see every full size block allowed to have one or two “small houses” including caravans in the backyard.



    1) To catch people about to go homeless – before they start couch-surfing – before they start sleeping in their cars – before they engage in improvised camping – before having to impose on their parents.

    2) To reduce the shame and community rejection that often leads to depression and can trigger other latent medical/mental conditions.

    3) To sustain the family unit by retaining the household within a community.

    4) To enhance self-esteem by facilitating contribution to this community and acknowledgment by the broader community of this contribution eg hydroponic vegetable growing for sale by village residents at markets, to retailers and at the village gate..

    5) To foster personal growth through learning and participation.

    6) To improve community respect for the homeless and end the “bludger” image.

    Ron Cooper
    Councillor Tweed Shire Council

  7. To address a global affordable housing crisis and the need for housing that will survive climate change extremes coming down on us fast, I have developed a versatile modular housing system that is also climate change proof. It is capable of category 5 cyclones, earthquakes and a lot more. Its based on dome shape, the most efficient shaped structure and when combined with high performance materials produces housing with unmatched performance for the price. After years of development, the DreamDome system is soon be commence manufacturing and will eventually be manufactured in several countries. One of the first small 40m2 homes will be displayed in the Northern Rivers – dreamdome.com.au

  8. This lismore council is not here to look after the homeless or even help the homeless as i have a 65acera block of land i which i put 4 caravan on to help out flood victims an set them up with solar power gas hot water composting toilet etc an council come along an tell me to evict everyone an get rid of the caravans from my property…..but not only the caravans i was made to decommission my own house an become homeless myself i have all this land an yet i can live on it wake up to yourself lismore city council an look at the homeless people in this city your a joke people want to help out an you shut them down


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